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Hybrid Tumbleweeds

In another couple months the tumbleweeds will be rolling along in the western United States.  Wells and Ellstrand (2016) at the University of California – Riverside documented a new hybrid species of tumbleweed, Salsola ryanii, rapidly expanding its range.  Salsola ryanii … Continue reading

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Eating invasives

Spring is here and along with it some of the more edible invasive plants.  Anyone for a dish of knotweed kimchi or garlic mustard pesto pasta?  Pittsburgh has gone to great lengths developing edible uses for Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica. … Continue reading

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Murdannia keisak is making a name for itself

According to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Murdannia has no known common name and generally goes by Anielema, its former Latin name.  The USDA PLANTS website calls it wartremoving herb and Invasive.org calls it marsh dayflower.  Maryland Extension … Continue reading

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Giant knotweed keeps coming up

April 24, 2015. Along the west bank of Poole Slough, 4 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and Newport, OR.  Here begins the first battle of the third year against the dense stand of giant knotweed that took over about … Continue reading

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Invasive species threat to Federally endangered species

A government report on invasive species’ impacts on threatened and endangered species finds that the topic has not been well researched in most cases.  As I’ve been looking for reports on invasive plant impacts to threatened and endangered species in Maryland I’m … Continue reading

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Value of weedy plants as forage

Utah State University Extension has a nice publication summarizing the forage value of a number of noxious weeds and a summary of toxicity reports of many of the plants at the end.  The report was written by Beth Burritt and … Continue reading

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Composting invasive plants

Composting invasive plants has to be done carefully to fully kill seeds and other potential propagules.  Researchers in Texas built a composting facility to handle wetland invasive plants and report on their experience in an article in Invasive Plant Science … Continue reading

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New app for tracking wavyleaf basketgrass

Towson University researchers in Maryland want your help tracking the spread of wavyleaf basketgrass.  Get more information and download their app at http://heron.towson.edu/wavyleaf/home/

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